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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Hey Friends this is me back again with yet another treatment on complexity ,sorry for my last post, it was created in haste, was an attempt to save somebody's life, trying to be heroic... this instance i will not even think about somebody, because i am thinking about everybody now.Today i will present you something very strange, which existed for more then centuries ago, scientist died  to prove it  .

This is the best example of Pseudo science(which can’t be proved by science like god, soul) .Before I proceed I would like  you all to imagine this
                    “ what happened to that lady  burnt to fire so badly that even her bones were converted into ashes , she was alone in her room, and to convert bones into ashes we need to achieve some thousands degree of temperature , but the shocking thing was that the bedsheet over which she was lying was absolutely no sign of fire on it  “??????

 Now see these images below

 These are the remains of Dr. John Bentley (on left)who died of spontaneous combustion in Pennsylvania in 1966.  The spot where the body lay is burnt, but the rest of the room, including the toilet, was not even scorched. This shows a quick, hot flame that devoured the body in seconds.  Only the bottom of one leg remained to identify this as a person

Mrs. M H Reeser of Florida who apparently died of spontaneous combustion in July of 1951.  The only remains found was her skull, shrunken to the size of an orange

                                         Look at the surroundings its completely spotless, with such temperature even the neighbors of yours can become roasted neighbors.

Well this phenomenon is called Spontaneous Human Combustion, Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is the alleged process of a human body catching fire as a result of heat generated by internal chemical action. though no one has ever witnessed SHC, several deaths involving fire have been attributed to SHC by investigators and storytellers.
For the  past decades it’s been a biggest,unsolved mystery of pseudoscience. As   SHC is quite rare phenomenon there are only 98 instances for last century. So we don’t have much specimen to treat  upon.
Well some bizzare facts for SHC are
  •     Eighty percent of the victims are female
  •    Most of the victims were overweight, elderly and/or alcoholics
  •     The body is very badly burned, but the room the body was found in is pretty much intact except for a fine layer of soot
  •     A yellow, foul smelling oil is usually surrounding the body
  •      The burns are not distributed evenly over the body

However this is something which can happen to anyone of us as researchers are able to distinguish this SHC into two i.e FATAL SHC, the fatal SHC is one in which victim doesn’t even survives, usually these victims are identified by their leftovers or body parts .

Now the good news  is we have Non FATAL SHC as well , this is recognized by  mysterious burns and mysterious smokes from the body   and the bad news is  people with these symptoms are very much prone to convert into FATAL SHC , so researchers don’t have this proof for it.
We I am  inspired by a documentary on discovery channel. This documentary left me  amazed of the fact that something of this sort is related to we humans .
Thus i want to discuss on the topic to spread the theories about spontaneous human combustion because I  believe that  the mysteries can only be solved by contribution of masses and thus want to connect people to the topic so as to ensure support.    So if you find anyone around you of such kind, ensure his presence and contribution to science before his Non FATAL SHC converts to FATAL one .
Note::-You all are allowed to google it now, you will get some theories like Pig effect and wick effect!!!
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